The "new" beat the "old" as the Rice Institute shout down SEC power Tennessee, 8-0, in the 13th annual Orange Bowl game.
The Rice Owls, coached by "Tennessee Gentleman" and Vanderbilt graduate Jess Neely, had the new T-formation offense along with new plastic shell helmets. Tennessee led by General Bob Neyland still used the single wing and wore leather helmets.
All the Owls' points came in the first quarter. Buddy Russ and Huey Keeney combined on a 50-yard run-lateral for a touchdown, while Ralph Murphy blocked a Tennessee punt through the end zone for a safety.
Keeney set a school record by punting 13 times in the game, averaging 44 yards per kick, as Neely chose to rely on his strong leg to vault the Owls out of bad field position or pin the Vols deep and force them to move on the Owls staunch defense led by All American Weldon Humble.
Neely's Owls reeled off wins in nine of its last 10 games after a 7-6 loss to LSU to open the season. Rice shared the Southwest Conference title with Arkansas, who upended the Owls 7-0 in Little Rock on Nov. 9.
Rice compiled a 9-2 record and earned a No. 10 ranking in the final AP poll.